Saturday 6th July
2019 is the bicentenary of the first Vampire story.
80 years before Dracula, 20 years before Queen Victoria,
John Polidori wrote The Vampyre. Just one year later J R Planché produced The Vampire, or The Bride of the Isles set in the wilds of Scotland.
To celebrate this literary and dramatic milestone, Kendal Community Theatre is staging a street theatre festival at locations around Kendal on 6th July
Wednesday 10th July - Saturday 13th July
The Bride of the Isles
The Vampire Vanquished by Love
JR Planché, adapted by Chris Taylor
Set in Lord Ronald, Baron of the Isles’ castle, Lady Margaret, the Baron’s daughter is preparing for her marriage to the Earl of Marsden. When the Earl appears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Marsden’s younger brother. Lord Ruthven.
But Lord Ronald was with Lord Ruthven in Greece many years ago, when Ruthven was attacked by bandits and died. Or did he?
Margaret’s virtue and devotion to her father, the Baron overcome the dark desires of Ruthven, and the vampire is indeed vanquished by love.
In 1820 J R Planche transformed John Polidori’s original vampire story into a ‘melo-drame’ set on the shores and caves of Staffa and demonstrates the power of love over evil. We have adapted and shortened the ‘melo-drame’ to allow for three new Kendal vampire stories to be performed as a prologue.